Lothian Disability Sport were well represented at the 2015 Edinburgh Sport Awards. The event celebrates the tremendous achievements from clubs, coaches and volunteers from across the city on behalf of ClubSport Edinburgh.
Midlothian Swimmer Scott Quin received a Special Achievement Award, along with his coach Kris Gilchrist at this year's Edinburgh Sport Awards held on Sunday 6th September at Broughton High Shool. The Warrender Baths duo have formed a excellent working relationship during their time together and this has been reflected in Quin's results in the pool as he claimed a silver medal at the European Championships in Eindhoven in September 2014 and the IPC World Championships earlier this summer - twice losing out narrowly to Dutch powerhouse Marc Evers. Quin (25), who swims in the SB14 Breastroke for athletes with an intellectual impairment, is the current Lothian Disability Sports (LDS) Senior Sports Person of the Year and we are delighted that the Edinburgh Sport Awards have recognised his outstanding achievements.
Another LDS link at Sunday's Annual Awards, was Lothian Phoenix and Scotland Wheelchair Basketball coach Niall Ritchie. The Edinburgh based former player and current LDS Coach of the Year was recognised by the Edinburgh Awards as the Disability Coach of the Year for 2015. Niall has been involved in wheelchair basketball for over 5 years and now acts as the head coach for the Lothian Phoenix U15 & U19 Squads - with the U15 being crowned Junior League Champions earlier this year for 2014/2015. Additionally, Niall also leads the Scotland under 15 squad and fills the role of assistant for the Scotland under 23 side. These roles within the sport are undertaken alongside a full time job and again, LDS and Lothian Phoenix, are delighted that this commitment and dedication has been deservedly recognised.